“Tolerance” Education

The ADL is a major provider of anti-bias education in settings like schools, public agencies, and workplaces. Their programming is usually called “No Place for Hate” or “A World of Difference” (or “A Classroom/Campus/Community of Difference”).

What’s wrong with ADL tolerance education?

The ADL’s anti-bias education has long been criticized for failing to address systemic racism, for focusing on the Nazi holocaust to the exclusion of other genocides, and for displacing the voices of communities of color speaking for themselves. The ADL’s distortions of anti-Semitism, support of Islamophobia, and attacks on anti-racist and LGBT movements, make it ill-suited to teaching tolerance. Using ADL education programming conveys to Muslim, Black, and non-Israel-supporting families particularly that schools are not a safe and inclusive place for them.

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